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windows\system32\config\system\ is missing or corrupt

by RDC12 / June 10, 2008 12:44 PM PDT

My computer, a dell dimension 8400 with windows xp home edition, keeps coming up with an error saying:

Windows XP could not start because the following file is missing or corrupt: \WINDOWS\SYSTEM32\Config\system.

I found on microsofts website that told em what to do to recover the info from the registry and reboot windows with the installer disc( that link is ). well i put in the installer disc and the computer doesn't seem to reconize that i even put in the disc, i don't here the cd drive spinning up or anything. i tried it with the drives and other software disc.

i ran boot utility and scanned the computer and the drives come up fine with the test(except the hard disk which popped up errors on a constant.) I need to know whether or that i have to absolutely buy a new hard disk or if it's possibly to restore windows with or without the installer can anyone help me out??

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Boot Device Priority
by SuperMA5TER / June 10, 2008 6:50 PM PDT

Perhaps your computer isn't configured to boot from CD. Go to boot menu and set your CD drive as first boot device.

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ok, no hard disk.
by RDC12 / June 11, 2008 1:12 AM PDT
In reply to: Boot Device Priority

i set the cdrom drive to boot first and the installer disc came up but, when i went to the recovery console, it said that there was no hard disk found. i tried restoring windows with out recovering and the same thing and still no hard disk. have any other suggestions?

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Is this hard disk a SATA drive?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 11, 2008 1:52 AM PDT

If so a special boot procedure is needed or XP won't see the hard disk.

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by RDC12 / June 11, 2008 2:41 AM PDT

so what do i have to do?

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Links about
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 11, 2008 2:44 AM PDT
In reply to: Yes...
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i think its all on a cd
by RDC12 / June 11, 2008 3:38 AM PDT
In reply to: Links about

i look for a floppy that had anything to do with drivers and nothing. i have a cd that has drivers and utilities if thats what i need. though itried to load it and its not really doing anything.

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Then let's find the Dell manual.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 11, 2008 4:49 AM PDT

I didn't find your model. Can you share the link to Dell's support page on your desktop?

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That's a SATA drive.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 11, 2008 7:17 AM PDT
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I think my computer is just being a....
by RDC12 / June 12, 2008 8:32 AM PDT
In reply to: That's a SATA drive.

it keeps saying it can't find text setup. i have to include written instructions for it as well?

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Share with me the directory of said floppy.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 12, 2008 10:41 AM PDT

Also, you do have the required XP SP2 OS CD? That error pops up on pre SP2 XP CDs.

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I know...
by RDC12 / June 12, 2008 2:06 PM PDT

I figured it out, I had to reconfigure the hard drive settings and the os is recognizing it now. I'm trying to figure out how to recover the information in the registry if i can. i keep trying to execute a txt file saved to a floppy but all i can do is just show the text using MOVE or TYPE. Otherwise i get Access Is Denied when i typed MD. i got the recovery information from

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Type this into
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 12, 2008 8:33 PM PDT
In reply to: I know...


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